Library Collection

Books

The library holds roughly 10,000 books relating to the teaching and research of the department. There are multiple copies of textbooks and new publications are added regularly.

Contact the librarian if you have any recommendations or suggestions.

Journals

A range of journals are held in hard copy by the library. Current subscriptions are in the main library, and those that are not currently under subscription are kept in the basement and can be fetched on request.

Access to e-journals is via OxLIP+

Confined Cupboard

Books kept in the Confined Cupboard must not be taken out of the library.

There is a card at the front of each book:

  • Fill in your name and the date borrowed
  • Leave the card in the gap on the shelf

Return the book to the librarian’s desk at the end of each day.

Basement

Access to the basement is available on request.

It houses:

  • British Geological Survey Memoirs, Regional Guides, Bulletins
  • Departmental DPhil Theses
  • Ocean Drilling Programme Reports
  • Decade of North American Geology
  • Departmental Reprints
  • Palaeontographical Society Monographs
  • Journals
  • Worldwide Geology
Basement Storage

Basement Storage

Maps

The library has a good collection of topographical and geological maps kept in the Confined Cupboard and a variety of map cabinets/drawers:

  • Ordnance Survey and worldwide topographical maps
  • BGS folded maps
  • Flat BGS maps
  • Worldwide geological maps
Map Cabinet

Map Cabinet

They are not catalogued on SOLO but they are listed – please ask the librarian for information and access.

Tutorial Boxes

These are box files with articles provided by tutors. The files are arranged by year and by tutor.

Do not take any of the articles out of the library and return boxes to shelf L-20 promptly.

Exam Papers

Past examination papers are OXAM. You will need your single sign-on to access it via OxLIP+

Mapping Reports

Reports written by previous students on their mapping areas are in files on shelf L-19. They are arranged by country, and include maps as well as practical information for planning your project.

*They are unique and must not be taken out of the library*

Mapping Reports

4th Year Projects

Copies 4th Year Projects are kept in the Confined Cupboard.

There is a card at the front of each book:

  • Fill in your name and the date borrowed
  • Leave the card in the gap on the shelf

*They are unique and must not be taken out of the library*

Reprints

There is a collection of reprints of articles written by members of the department kept in the basement. There is a card index for older material, and recent material is kept on racks in the Research Common Room.

Worldwide Geology

There is a good – if assorted – collection of material on the geology of countries throughout the world, some of which has not been catalogued. It is kept in the basement and can be accessed on request.